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All-New Kia Optima / Magentis
Bigger, wider and more dynamic

New Kia Optima (US, Magentis in Europe): more elegance and dynamism.

1st June 2006.

Following its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show last September, the all-new Kia Optima / Magentis started reaching international markets this spring with a longer wheelbase, wider track, increased horsepower, better fuel economy and six standard airbags.

Known as the Optima (in the U.S.) or Magentis in other markets (Europe), the new mid-size sedan (upper-medium, D-segment in Europe) completes the regeneration of Kia's product line-up over the past three years after the all-new Sedona minivan, Rio and Rio5 subcompacts, the Sportage compact SUV, the Spectra sedan and Spectra5 five-door, the Sorento mid-size SUV and the Amanti large premium sedan.

Kia Magentis (UK) - front view.

Kia Magentis V6 in UK specs.

With European preferences in mind, the Magentis will propose for the first time the choice of a turbodiesel engine, with Kia's second-generation common-rail turbocharged (variable geometry) diesel.

Prices start in the U.S. from $16,955 (including $600 destination charge) for the 2.4-litre LX, to $21,000 for the EX V6.

In the UK, on-the-road prices start from £14,495 for the 2.0 GS manual (petrol), up to £17,495 for the 2.7 V6 LS automatic petrol. The turbodiesel 2.0 CRDi manual starts from £15,495.

In other European countries, Magentis prices start from 21,300 euros for the 2.0-litre (2.0 EX Basis in Germany, 21,990 euros for EX in France), and from 27,470 euros for 2.7-litre version (EX Top in Germany, 28,990 euros for the EX Premium in France).

Kia Optima (US) - side view.

Kia Optima (U.S.): longer wheelbase with shorter overhangs.

Volume - Exterior styling sits the body on short overhangs with sporty details, such as the V6 model's dual exhaust outlets. Built on a new platform with a longer wheelbase (107.1 in. / 2720 mm) and increased overall width (71.1 in. / 1805 mm) compared to its predecessor, the new Optima offers a spacious interior package with an interior volume of 104.2 cubic feet (2950 litres, just under 3 cubic metres).

The new generation Optima / Magentis is 5mm longer (4735 mm), 15mm wider and 70mm taller (1480 mm) than the old model. It has a 20mm longer wheelbase but a 25mm shorter front overhang. The front and rear track widths have increased by 23mm and 22mm respectively.

Optima’s trunk (boot) capacity is nearly 10-percent larger than before, at 420 litres (0.42 cubic metre).

Kia Magentis (UK) - side view.

Kia Magentis, with more European dynamic body proportions.

Standard safety equipment features six standard airbags, including dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front headrests and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Sensors controlling the dual advanced front airbags determine the position of the seat for the driver, while passenger-seat weight sensors determine if the front passenger seat is occupied. A central unit decides whether to activate single- or dual-stage airbag deployment depending on passenger weight.

Standard front active headrests move up and forward to help mitigate neck injuries to front occupants in the event of a rear-impact collision, and an energy-absorbing steering column helps reduce the possibility or severity of chest injury to the driver in a collision.

The new Optima comes with standard four-wheel disc brakes (vented at front), standard or optional (depending on markets) anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD: ABS and EBD are standard on all versions in the UK) and standard or optional (depending on versions) Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TCS) and Brake Assist (BAS).

Kia Optima (US) - back view.

Kia Optima gets circular design elements in the taillamps (U.S.).

Engines - The all-new Optima / Magentis is available in the U.S. with two gasoline / petrol engines, a 2.4-litre (4 cylinder) or a 2.7 V6, while the European line-up offers two petrol choices, a 2.0 (4 cylinder) or the 2.7 V6, plus a 2.0 turbodiesel.

2.0-litre Theta petrol engine (Europe) - Petrol engines start in the European line up with Kia's all-new 2.0-litre Theta engine, a four-cylinder 16-valve unit with a die-cast aluminium block and a plastic cylinder head cover and intake manifold.

It features continuously variable valve timing to optimise low and medium-speed torque plus high-speed performance and economy. The valve gear is chain-driven to minimise maintenance requirements and cut noise, while auxiliary systems are powered by a serpentine belt. The exhaust manifold is mounted close to the cabin bulkhead to reduce catalyst warm-up times and cut emissions.

Kia Magentis (UK) - back view.

Kia Magentis gets in Europe slight pattern differences in the taillamps.

A counter-rotating balancer shaft in the crankcase helps reduce vibrations, noise and harshness. The engine's capacity is 1998cc. Its power output is 142bhp at 6000rpm, with torque of 139lb ft (188 Nm) at 4250rpm.

Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, it can power the new Magentis from 0-62mph (100 km/h) in 10.2 seconds (11.5 sec. in the outgoing 2.0-litre Magentis) and on to a top speed of 129mph (207 km/h). Combined fuel consumption is 36.7mpg (imperial miles, 7.7 litre/100 km) and CO2 emissions are 185g/km. The outgoing 2.0-litre Magentis consumption was at 32.8mpg (8.61 litre/100 km) and emissions 204g/km.

With the optional four-speed automatic gearbox, the new Magentis covers 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds, tops out at 121mph (194 km/h), achieves 34.9mpg (8.09 litre/100 km)  on the combined cycle and emits 192g/km of CO2.

2.4 litre petrol (U.S.) - The all-new aluminium 2.4-liter four-cylinder CVVT engine delivers 15-percent more power (161-horsepower) than the previous-generation engine.

It is an in-line four cylinder 16 valves, aluminium block and heads and double overhead camshafts (DOHC), with an output of 161 hp (220 Newton-metre) at 5800 rpm.

Kia Magentis (Europe) 2.0-litre common-rail direct injection turbodiesel.

Kia Magentis (Europe) 2.0-litre common-rail direct injection turbodiesel.

2.0-litre CRDi (Europe) - This is the first time that a diesel engine has been offered in Magentis and the 2.0-litre CRDi common-rail turbodiesel engine completes Kia’s model line up which provides a diesel version of every model except Picanto.

The engine is a lightly-modified and improved version of the unit fitted to the company's Sportage compact SUV.

It is a single overhead camshaft 1991cc 16-valve four-cylinder unit featuring second-generation common-rail high-pressure fuel injection and electrically-actuated variable turbine geometry to ensure lively response throughout the rev band with clean emissions. A diesel particulate filter is fitted. The engine meets Euro IV emissions standards.

This engine develops 138bhp at 4000rpm and 225lb ft (305 Nm) of torque all the way from 1800 to 2500rpm.

With the standard six-speed manual gearbox, it powers the new Magentis from 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) in 10.4 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 125mph (201 km/h). Combined fuel consumption is 47.1mpg (UK mpg, 6.00 litres/100 km), with CO2 emissions of 162g/km.

Kia Optima (US) / Magentis (Europe) 2.7-litre V6 petrol engine.

Upgraded 2.7-litre V6 petrol engine.

With the optional four-speed automatic gearbox, the comparative figures are 0-62mph in 11.7 seconds, top speed 124mph (199 km/h), combined consumption 38.7mpg (7.3 litre / 100 km) and CO2 emissions 191g/km.

2.7-litre V6 petrol engine (U.S. and Europe)- The upgraded version of Kia's 2.7-litre Delta V6 petrol engine gets a horsepower increase of nearly 10 percent. The changes are so comprehensive that Kia has decided to rename the latest engine Mu. Performance-boosting modifications include a three-stage variable intake system, mechanical lash adjusters that allow the valve gear to go 60,000 miles before maintenance is needed, a quieter timing belt drive and a redesigned block with new cylinder liners.

The changes to the 2656cc 24-valve unit have raised power and torque levels to 185bhp at 6000rpm and 182lb ft (246 Nm) at 4000rpm. Driveability is enhanced by continuously variable valve timing and multi-point fuel injection, while twin exhaust tailpipes distinguish V6 models from the outside.

With the standard five-speed automatic gearbox, the V6 Optima / Magentis is capable of a top speed of 137mph (220 km/h, UK specs) and 0-62mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 9.1 seconds. Combined fuel economy is 30.7mpg (UK, 9.2 litre / 100 km), with CO2 emissions of 220g/km.

Kia Optima (US) - steering wheel.

White-blue illumination theme inside.

Transmissions - In the U.S., a new five-speed gated automatic transmission with Sportmatic is standard on all versions except the 2.4 LX which gets an improved, smoother shifting five-speed manual transmission.

In the UK, the V6 petrol engine comes standard with a new five-speed gearbox that delivers smoother shifts and 4% better fuel economy than its forerunner. The 2.0-litre petrol and turbodiesel engines can be ordered with an optional four-speed automatic that has been developed specially for the new Magentis.

Both automatics have electronic control that monitors a variety of parameters to guarantee smooth shifts adapted to individual driving styles. They feature Kia's Sport Mode system that allows the driver to exercise sequential manual shifting in place of fully-automatic operation. High top gear ratios ensure reduced fuel consumption and quieter cruising at high speeds.

The six-speed manual gearbox fitted to the 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine is all new and includes several innovations, including triple-axis gear train and multiple-cone synchroniser on first and second gears for faster, smoother changes.

Kia Optima (US) - front seats, side view.

Kia Optima (US) - back seats, side view.

Interior space benefits from the longer wheelbase and wider body.

Suspension and steering - The all-new Optima / Magentis adopts independent front and rear suspension systems, with a MacPherson strut setup in front and multi-link with coil springs at the rear, to strike a balance between a comfortable ride and responsive handling.

Front and rear anti-roll bars are standard on all models.

The steering is a hydraulically-operated rack and pinion system with 2.8 turns from lock-to-lock for a tight turning circle of 10.8 metres. It allows quick response and good feedback on country roads without being over-sensitive for motorway driving. GS models (UK) come with 16-inch alloy wheels and 205/60 tyres, while LS versions have 17-inch alloy wheels with specially-developed 215/50 Michelin tyres

Versions (U.S.) - Both the four-cylinder (2.4-litre) and V6 (2.7-litre) variations of the all-new Optima are available in two trim levels: LX and EX. All models offer standard air conditioning, power windows and door locks, heated outside mirrors, six-way adjustable driver’s seat, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, 60-40 split folding rear seats, four-wheel disc brakes and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

The LX 2.4-litre four-cylinder model with automatic transmission comes equipped with cruise control, keyless entry and alarm, manual tilt and telescopic steering column, audio system controls on the steering wheel and floor mats.

Kia Optima (US) / Magentis (Europe: trunk / boot.

Trunk (boot) capacity becomes 420 litres (0.42 cubic metre).

ll EX models feature alloy wheels, fog lights, solar glass, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, automatic temperature control, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink, leather-wrapped steering wheel, trip computer, metal door scuff plates, chrome accent outside door handles and an Infinity AM/FM/Cassette/6-disc CD/MP3 premium audio system.

The 360-watt Infinity premium audio system found in EX models houses nine speakers in seven different locations throughout the car, including a subwoofer in the rear, and utilizes eight channels of amplification capable of 45 watts each. Two-way, left and right front channels with tweeters provide dynamic and harmonically rich reproduction, while rear-channel woofers/tweeters also enhance the sound image. The Infinity premium audio system is representative of the appointments that make Optima stand out as not only an incredible value, but also a benchmark of sophistication.

The LX Appearance Package, available on LX four-cylinder and V6 A/T vehicles, adds 17-inch alloy wheels, Michelin tires, blacked-out headlights and front grille, fog lights, Supervision meter cluster, trip computer, auto light control, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, aluminium interior trim and silver accent interior door handles.

The optional EX Appearance Package adds 17-inch alloy wheels, Michelin tires, blacked-out headlights and front grille, Supervision meter cluster, aluminium and black interior trim, and black leather seat trim.

In the U.S., the new Optima is covered by Kia's comprehensive 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and 5 years/60,000 miles of roadside assistance.

Versions (UK) - In the UK, standard features across the range include front, side and curtain airbags (the passenger's side front airbag has an on-off switch so it can be deactivated if a child seat is being used), active headrests on both front seats and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution. In addition, LS models have emergency brake assist and electronic stability programme with traction control.

Brake assist fitted to LS versions recognises when a driver is applying emergency braking and ensures maximum retardation to reduce stopping distances. This version also comes with electronic stability programme and traction control as standard to prevent skids by monitoring the car's course compared to that intended by the driver, and applying the brakes or slowing the engine if necessary.

All UK Magentis versions have air conditioning, an MP3-compatible radio/CD player, driver's seat height adjustment and a tilt-adjust steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, powered and heated door mirrors, four electric windows and remote central locking.

LS models have in addition automatic lights, a trip computer, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, full climate control with an air quality monitoring system, 8-way powered driver’s seat and heated front seats and stability and traction control with emergency brake assist.

All UK Magentis versions are protected against theft by remote central locking with deadlocks, and an engine immobiliser, plus a comprehensive three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

For market-specific information, you can visit Kia Motors global website from here.


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